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The Martyr’s Witness 060714

St. Ivan’s E-bulletin 060714



PARISHEVENTS / ПОДІЇ у ПАРАФІЇ:  See attached Bulletin for information


            Membership Donations:Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ.  As we have just concluded our Annual General Meeting, we now are in a position to accept memberships for the new year.  The recommended membership donation is $100, as per last year.  Please make your donations to Genevieve Armstrong.  If you are a new member, then please see Fr. Gene about an application form.  Please remember that we need your continued donations over and above your membership to help meet the needs of the parish.

            CAMP VESELKA: It’s almost time for Camp Veselka! All children ages 7-14 are welcome at camp July 6-19, 2014 and the deadline for camper registration is May 31.  Please see attached poster and registration form and check out our Camp Veselka video at


And, everyone is welcome to join us for Camp Veselka clean-up day on Saturday, June 21 starting at 11 am. Come enjoy some fresh air, help us get Veselka ready for the campers and we’ll end the day with a BBQ for everyone. Contact Patricia Maruschak at trishfrompeg@yahoo.com with any questions. Оселя Веселка: 7-19 липня.  Вік: від 7-14 літ.  Контакт: о. Євгена

            Peroghy Project: Next WEEK- July 10 and 11.  If you can come out, any help would be appreciated.

            Pennies from Heaven: To date we have collected $347.72 for orphans in Ukraine.

            Недільний благовіснику прикріпленні. Прошу Вас пильно прочитатиOur Sunday bulletin is attached. Please read it carefully.

            WINNIPEG HARVEST:There is a bin at the back of the CHURCH for non-perishable food items for WINNIPEG HARVEST.  Please bring an item or two when you come to church.  Thiswillbeanongoingproject. To date we have donated 139 lbs of food.Thankyou.     

            2nd edition of the ‘Dobry pastyr’ is now available at the back of the Church.  They are $40/book.

            Bishop’s Wall:  We have embraced a project to honour our Ruling Hierarchs over the years in portraits.  A professional photographer has been engaged to help us.  Currently we are seeking a donor or donors to help fund this project.  Donors will be acknowledged.  Please see Fr. Gene for details.

            PARISH MEETING:

            CLOTHES DONATIONS: Thank you for your support. 

            pRIVATE ARRANGEMENTS For Provody CAN BE MADE WITH FR. GENE: 204-336-0996

            UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF CANADA All Canada Pilgrimage to the Historical St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Gardenton, MB:  Saturday, July 26, 2014



  1. Dontforget:



JULY/липня 2014

          SATURDAY, JULY 5 – VESPERS – 5:30PM / Субота, 05 липняВечірня – 5:30 веч.

          SUNDAY, JULY 06 – DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00AM / Неділя, 06 липняБожественнаЛітургія – 10:00 ранку.

          MONDAY, JULY 7 – ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST: NO DIVINE LITURGY / Понеділок, 7 липнясв. ІоаннаХрестителя; НебудеБожественноїлітургії.

          SATURDAY, JULY 12 – STS. PETER AND PAUL: DIVINE LITURGY AT CAMP VESELKA – 10:00AM / Субота, 12 Липнясвв. ПЕТРАІПАВЛА: БожественналітургіявОселяВеселка – 10:00 ранку.

          SATURDAY, JULY 12 – VESPERS AT CAMP VESELKA / Субота, 12 липняВечірнявОселяВеселка .

          SUNDAY, JULY 13 – DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00AM / Неділя, 13 липняБожественнаЛітургія – 10:00 ранку.

          SATURDAY, JULY 19 – NO VESPERS – 5:30PM / Субота, 19 липняНЕБУДЕВечірня – 5:30 веч.

          SUNDAY, JULY 20 – DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00AM / Неділя, 20 липняБожественнаЛітургія – 10:00 ранку.

          FRIDAY, JULY 25/ Пятниця, 27 липняМолебеньабоАкафист- 5:30pm/веч.

          SATURDAY, JULY 26 – DIVINE LITURGY AT GARDENTON – 9:30AM / Неділя, 26 липняБожественнаЛітургіявҐардентоні – 19:30 ранку. NO VESPERS 5:30PM / Субота, 26 липняНебудеВечірня – 5:30 веч.

          SUNDAY, JULY 27 –DIVINE LITURGY – 10:00AM / Неділя, 27 липняБожественнаЛітургія – 10:00 ранку.



3. Fr. GenesWeeklyReflection:  

Our Joyous Response to God’s Blessings

By Rebekah Moll

 As a high school teacher I have been very blessed to develop trusting relationships with some students.  One of my students, a devout Christian who is very open about her faith once asked me, “how do you keep God in your everyday life?”   I thought about the times in which I was most aware of him and found that it was when I was simply saying thank you.

Thanking God for the simple things reminded me of a book I was led to read, The Ascetic of Love, in which Nun Gavrilia’s words emphasized the importance of thanksgiving as a sense of joy in the Lord: “ When we become truly conscious of the gifts of God, we no longer have the time to ask for anything.  We keep going and saying Thank You….Thank You…Thank You…Thank You…  We see a person…Thank You…We see a flower…Thank You…We see a glass of milk…Thank You…Thank You….for everything!  And such a joy enters into our life that many, even of those that are close to us, cannot understand what’s all this.  When I lived in England sometimes people asked:  What’s up?  Why are you so happy”?  “Because I am alive and I see you…Good day to you”!


Likewise, Matushka Juliana Schmemann said something similar in her lecture “A Joy to Serve” posted on Ancient Faith Radio: “Empty yourselves and be grateful just for being alive, for a morning, a day, or sunshine for solitude.  One can always find something to be grateful for, even troubles, tribulations and suffering because they teach you to be strong, forgiving and full of light”.

When we take the time to give thanks, we become aware that nothing comes from us.  My student’s question led me to further reflection to a period in my life when I was very “me focused.”  I have always been a busy person, occupying myself with all things that interested me, from teaching to taking college master courses, to coaching extracurricular activities, to working with youth outside of school through church, through having a husband, etc.  There was a point in my life when I was doing all these things and I became so worked up about things when they did not go my way or there was trouble along the way.  I did not realize it at the time, but I wasn’t giving God credit for anything.  I was constantly relying on myself which brought about a great deal of anxiety and worry.


It wasn’t until a quiet drive home from a day of teaching that God let me know that something was missing in my life and I realized it was Him.  Yes, I went to church and yes, I said my prayers, but I realized that amidst my actions, I wasn’t allowing Him to actually work in my life.  I realized my egotistical ways and my sin of pride.  I realized that I needed to hand things over to God and not do things for myself anymore.  Without giving thanks for all things we end up trapped in a spirit of pride and we forget where all things come from, good and bad.

I started to take baby steps, praying before and after tasks thanking God for allowing me opportunities and abilities.  I began to recognize that I am nothing and that God is everything.  He does not need me, but I need Him.

Again, this notion is emphasized by Nun Gavrilia when she said, “It is you who must be grateful, immensely grateful.  When you become conscious of that, you will have God’s blessing.  Do you know why?  Because when God wants to help someone – you, for example – He will send somebody to do it.  This somebody could be anyone.  That is to say, if God had not sent this particular person, He would have sent another one.  You would have been helped anyhow.  ‘My help is from the Lord.’  Who am I therefore – this ‘anyone’ – to take pride in helping?  Sometimes we hear someone say:  ‘If it weren’t for me, this could not have been done!’, and other such nonsense.  Whereas everything would have been done!  Do you understand why?  Because, as we are told God can make children for Abraham even out of stones and send them to help the world!”


The idea of letting God take charge is also addressed in Dorotheos of Gaza:  Discourses and Sayings: “A man standing in need of everything from God is ready to make progress; he knows how he will make progress, and cannot be puffed up.  He does not rely on his own abilities but attributes to God everything he does right and always gives thanks to him.”

If we refuse to let God in, what we do is meaningless. There comes a sense of peace when you realize that no matter what, He is in control.


“I’m not so good at this, but I believe it is when I thank Him for even the little things life brings,” was my reply to the student. So you see, even my student asking that question was not an accident!  It helped me to realize the meaningfulness of thanksgiving – to put together these moments in my life to find the deeper meaning – that in order to truly experience a sense of joy in our Lord, to praise God and be (re-)united with God; we need to give thanks for everything and to always give everything up to Him!




4. Saints and Feasts:  




Saint Agrippina was born and educated in Rome. From her childhood she trained herself to live an evangelical life, driving away the stench of passions from her heart and filling her heart with the sweet-smelling fragrance of purity, of virginity and chastity. She was betrothed to Christ the Lord and, as the Bride of Christ, suffered during the reign of Emperor Valerian. She endured flogging with rods until her bones were crushed. An angel of God appeared to her and strengthened her. While being tortured, St. Agrippina gave up her soul to God. Her companions, Bassa, Paula and Agathonice, translated her relics to the island of Sicily and honorably buried them there. A church was later built there in St. Agrippina’s honor. Countless miracles were wrought from her relics. By the power of her relics, even the Hagarians were turned away from the town where her relics reposed. St. Agrippina rested in the year 275 A.D. and was crowned with glory.


This week’s Scripture question: (answer next week) 

After Jesus had applied some mud on a blind man’s eyes to which pool did he send him to wash his eyes?


This week’s Scripture fact:

Old Testament prophets are moral teachers who are closely associated with organized worship.  They are often outspoken about empty formality in religious life (see Isaiah 1: 10-17; Amos 5:21-24; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:6-8)


Last week’s answer:  When the Egyptian sorcerers turned their staffs into snakes what did Aaron’s staff do to their staffs? Aaron’s staff swallowed their staffs.


See you in Church!

Спаси Вас Господи!                                   May the Lord Save You!

о. Євген                                                                             Fr. Gene